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['Aalim Network QR] Medicinal Alcohol (2)

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Salam Alaikum

The following is a further question about medicinal alcohol that has been
answered by Br. (Sayyed) Mohammad Soleiman-Panah. It has been answered
according to the Risala of Ayatullah Khamenei. 


Mahmood Kara
Acting Moderator
The Alim Network


Could you please clarify for me about what constitutes "musker/intoxicating": I 
heard once that if the alcohol is intoxicating in large quantities than even the 
small quantity or it is haram, even if one doesn't feel any intoxicating 
effects. Is this true or not? 


	In question # 317 where someone asks whether a small percentage of
%5 or %8 Alcohol in food products has any problem, given the fact that
that small percentage of Alcohol is dissolved in the food and does not
cause intoxication, Ayt. Khamenei replies that: 

	" If the Alcohol present in the product is in itself (fi Nafsehe)
intoxicating (Musker), then it is najes and haram, even though it might
not be intoxicating (Musker) [in a given case] due to its small quantity
in the solution and its mixture with the product. But if there is a doubt
as to whether it is in itself, or it is liquid in its original form or not
the rule is different." 
	As we notice in the above answer one of the criteria given for
Alcohol to be najes and haram is being intoxicating (Musker) IN ITSELF (fi
Nafsehe). This means it has the potential of intoxicating an individual-
not a particular individual with certain amount of consumption. But rather
the mere fact that it can intoxicate human beings under some conditions it
is enough for it to be considered haram and najes even when those
conditions are not met and it does not have intoxicating effects in that


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